G7: Donbas elections should be held under Ukrainian law, monitored by OSCE

12:40, 12 April 2016
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Local elections in Donbas should be held in accordance with relevant Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) standards and Ukrainian legislation and monitored by OSCE/ODHIR, according to a joint communique following G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Hiroshima, Japan on April 10-11, 2016, published on the European External Action Service.

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"We reiterate our call on all sides to assume their responsibilities fully and completely fulfill their commitments under the Minsk agreements without delay, including local elections held in accordance with relevant Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) standards and Ukrainian legislation and monitored by OSCE/ODHIR, the complete withdrawal of all foreign armed formations and equipment from the territory of Ukraine, the return of Ukrainian control over its side of the international border, and safe access and provision of humanitarian aid to people in need," the communique says.

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"We emphasize our strongest support for full implementation of the Minsk agreements, and the work of the Normandy format and the Trilateral Contact Group, which are aimed at securing peaceful resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. We are concerned by continued violence along the line of contact in violation of the ceasefire. We urge all sides to take concrete steps that will lead to the complete ceasefire required under the Minsk agreements," the report reads.

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